MIF Creative 50

Creative50 is a great new opportunity for emerging writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, performers, gamers (anyone creative!) to join the Manchester International Festival to experiment, explore and play with new digital technology.
We’re offering 50 creative individuals a £400 bursary, training and exclusive access to the Festival this Summer and the opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18 and living in Greater Manchester.
More info can be found here…   and the deadline for applications is 3rd May.
There are lots of other ways to get involved in this year’s Festival – from volunteering to skills development and opportunities to be part of MIF shows – all of which can be found at


KickStart Young Entrepreneur Awards up to £20,000

Budding entrepreneurs in Bolton are being given the chance to turn their business dream into a reality, with a five-figure investment up for grabs.

Applications for Baldwins Accountants’ KickStart Young Entrepreneur Awards have opened in the region for the first time, following its roaring success in the Midlands over the past four years.

The awards encourage 18 to 25-year-olds to present their idea and business plan, with the winner securing a £20,000 – a £10,000 grant along with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice.

The two runners up will also be presented with £5,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice.  Applications will be whittled down to ten semi-finalists who will be invited to present their business idea to Baldwins’ senior management.

Find out more:


Crowdfunding Manchester Day

Make your Manchester Day project even bigger and better!

As part of next year’s event we are going to encourage some participating groups to seek crowd funding to supplement the creative funding that we can commit to Manchester Day projects to help make them even bigger and better! If you are interested in taking part in next year’s Manchester Day and in sourcing additional funding we are holding a series of workshops to guide you to delivering a succesful crowd funding project.

The first session will be a briefing workshop. An introduction to crowd funding and will be run to gauge interest and sign people up for subsequent detailed workshops.
On: Wednesday December 7
In: Committee Room 4 of Manchester Town Hall (ground floor – just inside Lloyd Street entrance), Albert Square, M2 5EA
At: 4.30 – 6pm or 6.30 – 8pm

The workshop will be run by Anne Strachan (, a fundraising professional who has over 20 years experience as a trainer in alternative finance, social investment and crowdfunding.

Two subsequent workshops will be organised in which Anne will be available to those who have signed up to take a crowdfunding campaign on. Details will be shared with those people/groups on the details of those workshops. The workshops will be more detailed and help with the detail around setting up and maintaining a crowdfunding campaign. When these take place will be arranged to suit the participating groups and are likely to be in January/February 2017.

Please note any successful crowd funding campaign involves a lot of hard work but the rewards can be significant.

We do hope you might be interested in taking up this opportunity to make your Manchester Day entry bigger and better for 2017.



Got a good idea to make Manchester an even better place to live, work or visit? Let us know – we can help, connect you to support or even pledge a grant! Passionate about Manchester and want to help make exciting things happen? Why not pledge some cash to projects or tell us what other support you could give!

More information here.

Vacancies & Opportunities

Programme Manager – Major Capital Project

The Museum of Science and Industry is seeking an experienced Programme Manager to oversee the planning, management and delivery of a new £6m exhibition gallery. The new gallery is located within the Museum’s Grade 1 listed warehouse and railway viaduct, and will be designed by award-winning architects Carmody Groarke. It is expected to open in 2018.

This is a flagship capital project as part of the Museum’s overall Masterplan, which will transform the Museum’s historic site and buildings over the coming years. Working as part of a team dedicated to delivering that transformation, you will be responsible for delivering the gallery to time and budget, directing the work of all external consultants and the design team, leading the internal project team and liaising closely with colleagues to advise on impacts and logistics, dependencies and opportunities.

The successful candidate will have delivered major capital projects, ideally in a heritage or cultural context, to time and on budget. S/he will have worked with design teams of the highest quality and will have significant experience of procurement, and of managing external consultants and contractors. This is an exceptional opportunity to create a new gallery to enable major science exhibitions to be shown in Manchester.

The Science Museum Group (SMG) comprises the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon and the National Media Museum in Bradford. Together they share a unifying mission to engage people in a dialogue about the past, present and future of human ingenuity in the fields of science, technology, medicine, transport and media.

For more information and how to apply click here.